Sunday 26 June 2011

It's All Gone a Bit Gondry

Following on from his previous installments that looked at the work of directors such as Sofia Coppola, Wes Anderson, David Fincher and Danny Boyle, YouTube editor supremo keesvdijkhuizen has now created this ode to one of my favourite directors, Michel Gondry.

Once again, the little snippets shown in this compilation make me want to re-watch all of this director's films immediately; the difficult part is choosing where to start. Gondry is actually a very good choice for a reappraisal following the mixed reaction to his most recent effort, The Green Hornet. I kinda liked it and was willing to ignore most of its faults, but i'll admit that that's a statement that could be attributed to a few of Gondry's films. Sure, everyone saw Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind and loved it, but how many people do you know who've seen Gondry's first directorial stint, Human Nature? The same goes for The Science of Sleep, possibly Gondry's most personal film so far. Hopefully the brief glimpses of Gondry's crazy invention shown here (The Science of Sleep's cardboard TV studio for example) will make a few people want to seek out those earlier films in his career.

As with the previous directors, it's only their feature films that have been covered here, a rather frustrating move for fans of Gondry's extensive music video work (where he's realised some of his most brilliant ideas), not forgetting his documentaries, Dave Chappelle's Block Party and The Thorn In The Heart. Hopefully when Kees has finished this vast ongoing project he'll go back and create another video that takes a fuller look at Gondry's career. Until then, keep up the good work Kees.

If you want to check out his previous compilations, head over to Kees' YouTube channel now.

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